Best Specialty Camps for Kids in Michigan
Traditional camp will always be in style, but these days, there are a lot more options for how your child whiles away his summer days. Here are 10 types that are breaking the mold of your childhood and getting today's kids psyched for summer.
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Music camp options
- Address: 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham
- Phone: 248-644-5832
Music, dance, theater
- Address: 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
- Phone: 586-286-2044
Show choir, children's chorus (theater, flute and clarinet also available)
- Address: P.O. Box 3139, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-426-8337
Music (dance, art, theater also available)
Why they're popular: Thrill seekers alert! If your child likes to be active and has a bit of a daredevil streak, sign him or her up for an adventure camp.
What they offer: While you can find day camps, for maximum thrills you might want to check out overnight options, where kids are busy doing everything from backpacking to horseback riding.
Adventure camp options
- Address: Various locales in Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-794-6240
Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, rafting
- Address: 9750 Milford Road, Holly
- Phone: 248-382-8382
Game-based (sleep away)
- Address: 9505 W. Ludington Drive, Lake
- Phone: 517-827-9650
Offers "Teen Extreme" and "Discovery Adventure" camps (sleep away)
Why they're popular: These days most tweens and teens have cell phones – and many are smartphones, meaning they're carrying around a piece of high-tech gadgetry wherever they go. No wonder so many kids are all about technology!
What they offer: All things tech. Kids can learn computer-aided design, build their own computer apps and much more.
Tech camp options
- Address: Various locales
- Phone: 734-646-0251
Five-day technology courses for kids
- Address: 220 Trowbridge Road, East Lansing
- Phone: 517-432-2129
Two-week sleep away or day camp for children in grades 7, 8, 9
- Address: 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
- Phone: 313-993-1435
Product development, architecture, robotics
Why they're popular: Kids have a week-long opportunity to explore an area that they're interested in to see if it's something they want to pursue as a career.
What they offer: Often, these programs are affiliated with a college or university – so whatever programs are available through the school may be something offered as a summer camp experience.
Career exploration camp options
- Address: 201 E. Kirby St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-664-1532
Range of programming including graphic, fashion and automotive design
- Address: Takes place at University of Michigan, 500 S. State St., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 888-709-8324
Computer skills for tweens/teens
- Address: 20 S. Main St., Mount Clemens
- Phone: 248-370-2100
Broad career exploration camp, engineering, nursing, math and others held by Oakland University
Why they're popular: The Food Network has turned chefs into rock stars. Children with an interest in the kitchen have taken notice, and they're interested in sharpening their culinary skills too.
What they offer: Camps give kids a chance to learn everything from basic skills in the kitchen to more advanced baking and cooking techniques.
Cooking camp options
- Address: 5060 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-645-1030
Parent/child, family dining, kids' only classes
- Address: 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia
- Phone: 734-462-4448
- Address: Locations in Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Novi and Troy
- Phone: 586-226-1452 (Clinton Township), 248-319-0025 (Novi), 248-283-1057 (Troy), 734-531-0304 (Ann Arbor)
Focuses on cooking one dish